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    Luke Cage

    This is somewhat redundant to the Iron Fist thread, but I'm starting it in reaction to what I just posted on the Badlands thread.

    Netflix Boss Talks Marvel TV Plans
    Daredevil and co. might end up meeting the movie characters
    26 August 2014 | Written by James White



    As part of Empire's packed new issue, we have a great TV preview focusing on upcoming series including Gotham, The Flash and Star Wars Rebels. And, of course, we spoke to Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos about the heavily anticipated series, or series-of-series, that Marvel is producing for the streaming service featuring Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage and Daredevil.

    Talking about the plan for the characters – who will debut separately in their own series before coming together for a big miniseries under the Defenders banner – the idea mirrors how Kevin Feige and co. tackled their big screen brethren.

    "It was really based on the theatrical model of The Avengers," says Sarandos. "Could you take another group of characters, The Defenders, and go about it the same way? Normally they do the big movie and then eventually they get to the group origin story. Having 13 hours to tell each of these stories, you can go right to the origin story and the action at the same time."

    Shooting on Daredevil, of course is already underway in New York, with Charlie Cox as main man Matt Murdock, True Blood’s Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Rosario Dawson as a mysterious character and Vincent D’Onofrio as the Kingpin.

    The next to head into production is most likely Jessica Jones. “Right now, the writers' rooms are open and they're looking at casting Jessica,” says Sarandos. “Eventually the series will run very close together. You can then have a separate season where the characters will cross over."

    And given that these street-level heroes share the same universe as Tony Stark and his pals, could they eventually also hit the big screen? Sarandos is sketchy: "It has definitely been talked about."
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    Mike Colter

    I don't really know anything about Luke Cage. I like Colter though - he's great on The Good Wife.

    Mike Colter to Star as Luke Cage in Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones
    Colter joins Krysten Ritter on the Netflix series in 2015!

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    Published Dec 22, 2014 Updated Dec 22, 2014

    Marvel and Netflix are proud to announce that Mike Colter will star as Luke Cage in "Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones," an all-new 13-episode series premiering on Netflix in 2015 following "Marvel's Daredevil."

    During the course of an investigation in New York City, private investigator Jessica Jones encounters the enigmatic Luke Cage – a man whose past has secrets that will dramatically alter Jessica in ways she could never have imagined.

    Mike Colter to play Luke Cage, photo credit Kim Nicholais.
    Colter will star opposite Krysten Ritter, who plays the title role in “Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones.”

    “Mike embodies the strength, edge and depth of Luke Cage,” said Executive Producer/Showrunner Melissa Rosenberg. “We're excited to have him bring this iconic Marvel character to life.”

    "Fans have longed to see Luke Cage and in Mike we’ve found the perfect actor,” said Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer/Marvel's Head of Television. "Viewers will get to meet Luke Cage in ‘Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones,’ and experience why he is such an important super hero in the Marvel mythos.”

    Colter is currently starring in the XBox original series “Halo: Nightfall” as Jameson Locke. He has appeared in a number of critically-acclaimed television series, including “The Good Wife” and “American Horror Story: Coven.”


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    After a tragic ending to her short-lived super hero stint, Jessica Jones is rebuilding her personal life and career as a detective who gets pulled into cases involving people with extraordinary abilities in New York City.

    "Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones" is produced by Marvel Television in association with ABC Studios for Netflix.

    For more information on "Marvel's A.K.A. Jessica Jones," and the other exciting new Marvel Television series coming to Netflix, stay tuned to Marvel.com.
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    ttt 4 2016!

    Will Civil War Cross Over with an Upcoming Marvel Netflix Series?
    BY SILAS LESNICK ON APRIL 5, 2016


    Jim Rash and Alfre Woodard are in Captain America: Civil War! Does the addition of the latter mean a Marvel Netflix series crossover?

    As Captain America: Civil War prepares for its Hollywood premiere next Tuesday, April 12, Walt Disney Pictures has revealed that two additional actors are part of the film’s cast. Both Jim Rash (Community, The Way, Way Back) and Alfre Woodward (Desperate Housewives, True Blood) are listed on the studio’s premiere announcement. While there are no details yet available as to the extent of their respective roles, the addition of Woodard is of particular interest to fans of the Marvel Netflix series. After all, it was revealed last year that Woodard will be playing Mariah Dillard on the upcoming Marvel Netflix series, Luke Cage.

    Dillard, a local Harlem politician (and cousin to Mahershala Ali’s Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes) is, in Luke Cage, looking to bring a new era of change to the streets she grew up on. Her personal life and professional career are thrown into turmoil by both Harlem’s newest hero Luke Cage as well as her cousin’s nefarious acts. Then again, Woodard may be playing a different character altogether in Civil War and we’ll have to wait a bit longer before we see more back and forth between the movies and the Marvel Netflix shows.

    As for who Jim Rash might be playing, only time will tell. Civil War directors Joe and Anthony Russo are Community veterans, though, and previously cast star Danny Pudi for a quick but memorable role as a SHIELD agent in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

    Civil War is set to feature the return of Chris Evans as Steve Rogers / Captain America, this time joined by Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark / Iron Man, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson / Falcon, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch, Paul Bettany as The Vision, Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton / Hawkeye and Don Cheadle as Jim Rhodes/War Machine. Sebastian Stan will also be back as Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier alongside Chadwick Boseman as T’Challa / Black Panther, Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter / Agent 13, Daniel Brühl as Baron Helmut Zemo, Frank Grillo as Brock Rumlow / Crossbones, William Hurt as General Thaddeus “Thunderbolt” Ross, Paul Rudd as Scott Lang / Ant-Man, and Tom Holland as Peter Parker / Spider-Man.

    (Photo Credit: Brian To / WENN.com)
    Too many crossovers. Too much to keep up with...
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    Marvel's Luke Cage | official trailer #1 (2016) Daredevil Jessica Jones

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    Marvel's Luke Cage - SDCC - Teaser - Netflix [HD]

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    USA Today loves this

    Review: 'Luke Cage' is Marvel's best TV series
    Brian Truitt, USA TODAY 10:47 a.m. EDT September 29, 2016


    (Photo: Myles Aronowitz/Netflix)

    Harlem’s got a new superhero, and he’s the baddest man on the block.

    Netflix’s Luke Cage (Friday, ***1/2 out of four) brings together what Marvel does best, in both its movie slate and its streaming series: Mike Colter’s good guy could probably hold his own against the Hulk, and he also has the emotional depth of Daredevil or Jessica Jones.

    But Cage has the added appeal of timeliness, as a black man stands up for what’s right, even when he’s being shot at and his neighbors sometimes would rather he not stir up trouble.

    After a brief introduction in Netflix’s Jessica Jones, Luke has moved from Hell’s Kitchen to Harlem, where he's working multiple jobs and has good reason to stay on the down low, though his barbershop boss Pop (Frankie Faison) tries to inspire him to do the right thing. Obviously, anyone who’s super-strong and bulletproof could probably help out around the community.

    He gets a chance soon enough: Local gangster Cornell “Cottonmouth” Stokes (a sublimely vicious Mahershala Ali) throws his weight around after a gun deal goes wrong, and a lot of his pull goes toward helping his ambitious politician cousin Mariah Dillard (Alfre Woodard), who wants to maintain Harlem's African-American status quo. “For black lives to matter,” she says, “black history should matter.”


    Mahershala Ali and Alfre Woodard play cousins out to rule Harlem in 'Luke Cage.' (Photo: Myles Aronowitz/Netflix)

    Cage mines the cultural roots of its comic-book character’s blaxploitation beginnings, and weaves in elements of crime dramas such as The Wire. A whole lot happens in just the first seven episodes made available for preview of the 13-episode season — gang warfare, corrupt cops, big twists, wanton destruction by way of a bazooka, plus origin stories for our hero and both of his major foes — and some characters fall through the cracks.

    But executive producer Cheo Hodari Coker (Southland) manages to keep most of it focused on Luke, and the sounds are good, too, one advantage of having that old snake Cottonmouth run a nightclub is getting musical luminaries like Raphael Saadiq and Faith Evans to appear on your series.

    The success of the show firmly rests on the burly shoulders of Colter, (The Good Wife), who comes into his own as a bona fide star. He looks like a guy who could shake off having a building dropped on his head, but physical presence aside, Colter is full of charisma as the well-read, hoops fan Cage. The women all want him, and the men don’t want to get hit by him.

    Coker’s surrounded Colter with a stellar supporting cast, Ali and Woodard give extra dimension to their complex antagonists, and Simone Missick is a welcome discovery as Misty Knight, a detective who acts as both Luke’s love interest and foil.

    Cage is Marvel’s best TV series yet, yet more importantly he's the superhero that the world seems to need most right now, mainly because he’s the most real.
    Cool. I just finished The Get Down and Stranger Things. I need something new to watch.
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    Luke Cage reminds me of the "retired gunslinger or samurai", hero.
    He just wants to be left alone, he didn't ask for this but deep down he knows that with these gifts he should do something.
    He just wants a normal low-key life ( whereas anyone else with these powers would do the opposite).
    Sort of the "never seek nor shun the fight".
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    I'm only one ep in...

    ...so I have yet to form an opinion on this yet. So far, so good.

    Marvel's Luke Cage is so popular, it actually caused Netflix to crash



    Luke Cage has been one of Netflix's most hotly anticipated shows, so it should come as no surprise that pretty much everyone with a Netflix account was trying to watch it last night.

    Set in the same universe as Daredevil, Jessica Jones and the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe, Luke Cage follows the titular character as he struggles to defend Harlem from crime boss Cornell 'Cottonmouth' Stokes, played by House of Cards alum Mahershala Ali.

    The series was so popular, in fact, that last night saw Netflix go down across much of the US and in parts of the UK and Ireland.

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    As best as we can tell, Netflix went down for a few hours between 5PM and 10PM last night our time. It does appear that only a small number of viewers in Ireland were affected, but it looks like normal service has been resumed and Netflix is back up and working.

    Speaking of Luke Cage, we'll have our review of the entire season on Monday - once we actually get to finish it (we've been trying to pace ourselves, but it's SO GOOD).
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    I just watch Ep: 3 last night

    The Bring the Ruckus scene was my fav so far.

    When Luke Cage adds kung fu to the mix, its world gets richer
    By Ali Barthwell
    Oct 9, 2016 12:47 PM



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    Marvel's Luke Cage
    “Who’s Gonna Take The Weight”
    Season 1 , Episode 3
    Community Grade (19 Users) B

    In the 1970s, the only two places to see a non-white action hero was either in a kung fu film or a blaxploitation one. The two genres came together in Enter The Dragon starring Bruce Lee and Jim Kelly, who went on to star in several martial-arts inspired blaxploitation films. One model for a kung fu hero is the outsider challenging the system, upholding the legacy of his mentor and living by his own code. Sound like anyone we know? I’m not going to say that Luke Cage is also a kung fu movie while also being a blaxploitation homage. But there are thematic and stylistic choices that blaxploitation and hip-hop take from kung fu. Like Dead Prez said “They say karate means ‘empty hands’ / So then it’s perfect for the poor man.”

    What brings up these references to kung fu movies? The introduction of Wu-Tang Clan, whose debut studio album, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), drew on martial arts and kung fu film dialogue alongside soul samples to create an image of New York City that was gritty, caustic, and on the edge of falling apart. The dialogue sampled in “Bring Da Ruckus”—the song Luke plays during his storming of the Crispus Attucks center—is from Shaolin And Wu-Tang, about a rivalry between two schools of martial arts. The film follows two students from two masters who are turned against each other by a feudal lord who attempts to have the students destroy each other, but the students come together to avenge the ones they’ve lost. (I was a little disappointed there aren’t as many parallels between Luke Cage and Shaolin And Wu-Tang, at least so far.) Most importantly, “Bring Da Ruckus” is about calling out all those who challenge you.

    “Who’s Gonna Take The Weight” is where we see the teachings of Pop become action in Luke’s life. Luke goes from drop house to drop house destroying the guns of Cottonmouth’s men and revealing his money as well as the final “heist” at Crispus Attucks. Luke’s plan is to make sure Cottonmouth’s money ends up where he can’t get it: in the hands of police. Luke’s sense of honor motivates these attacks. He doesn’t start going after Cottonmouth and his money after he talks with Bobby Fish about the money needed to keep the barbershop alive. He just wants to take away the thing that gives Cottonmouth his power: his money. Everything that Cottonmouth has either comes from or is protected by his money.

    Cottonmouth and Luke come together when Luke’s empty hands can’t pay for the funeral arrangements Pop deserves. As much as Cottonmouth is defined by money, Luke is defined by his lack of it. He’s the penniless warrior walking the earth like so many kung fu heroes before him. Luke appeals to the mortician’s sense of family and decency to put Pop’s arrangements on lay-away. Cottonmouth uses his cash to pay for the top-of-the-line casket. A hunt for Cottonmouth’s money put Pop in the ground; Cottonmouth’s weak spot for Pop and his influence on Cottonmouth’s life could bring Luke and Cottonmouth together, but instead Cottonmouth uses it to drive a wedge between them. Cottonmouth and Luke knew Pop at different times in his life. Cottonmouth knew him when Pop when his nickname was a reference to the violence he could inflict and Luke knew him as a figurative father-in-law. Luke also is shamed by Chico, another person touched by Pop’s influence. Chico accuses Luke of bringing all trouble to Pop’s shop. He claims that the bullet that killed Pop bounced off his back. Luke is as motivated by guilt as he is by Pop’s code of honor.

    Pop was such a positive force for change that his death warrants a piece on the local news, and the vacuum created in his absence provides the opportunity for Cottonmouth and Domingo to battle more openly. Whether it’s at his club during the day watching a Charles Bradley rehearsal or a conference in the park with Mariah, Pop’s death seems to have emboldened the criminal element. The attack on Cottonmouth’s gang trying to move guns happens during the day. The nefarious activities in this episode are brought to the light. The hierarchies and relationships of the crime world are expanded and exposed.

    The other part of the crime world that is brought to the light is Cottonmouth’s relationship with Rafael, Misty’s partner. Misty reveals she got into basketball because her father and Pop would argue about the sport while she watched. While Misty and Rafael deal with the wreckage Luke caused at the Crispus Attucks center, Rafael suggests that they let the vigilante do their work for them: Let him do a year’s worth of patrol work. Misty bristles at the suggestion because a vigilante would bring anarchy and a complete breakdown in the system. Another person who absorbed a strict moral code who spent their time watching Pop in his barbershop. Rafael takes Chico out for a burger and strangles him with a tie. Rafael offers Chico’s body as an offering to Cottonmouth and gives up Luke Cage’s home address because he’s tapped Misty’s GPS.


    Mahershala Ali as Cottonmouth, looking at casket options.

    I’m not going to hide my glee that the sole white character in Luke Cage is a corrupt cop. Cottonmouth calls him “Virginia Slim” because he’s a skinny white *****. Bless.

    When Luke goes to hit up “Fort Knox,” he doesn’t bring anything with him and he goes in the front door. The action sequence is brutal and Luke summoning the security that lies within is with one of the most classic kung-fu movie moves, “The Four Finger Beckon.” All of his moves are as if the security are flies buzzing around him. He uses the fewest moves possible and expends the least energy. It’s the most choreographed fight so far but it still lacks the flourish of a kung fu flick. It’s what this would look like in real life—if the hero was bullet proof.

    He’s not afraid of whatever these men have at their disposal. He even uses the center against them, slamming them through walls, picking up a couch and swinging it with ease. In the end, Luke takes only what he needs and gives it to Bobby Fish to pay for the barbershop and to pay for the damage at Connie’s. Unfortunately, the real damage to Connie’s is coming. Buildings keep being destroyed in Luke’s wake and we’ll see who is left standing when the smoke clears.

    Despite all the allusions to kung fu, Luke Cage is a man without style, without guile. Luke doesn’t have the finesse or grace of a martial arts master. He has no powers to master. Luke has no weapons or tools to command; he destroys the weapons right out of Cottonmouth’s goons’ hands. There’s no training montage for the man with impenetrable skin. As the world of Luke Cage grows more complicated with more motivations and allegiances coming to light, what makes Luke Cage special is simple. He’s big. He’s tough. He walks in the front door.

    Stray observations

    A friend of mine joked that Luke Cage’s fighting style is “annoyed.”
    Domingo’s candy bar of choice are Milky Ways. Mine too, Domingo.
    Enter The Wu-Tang is credited as being one of the most influential hip-hop albums in history, one that contributed to the resurgence of New York hip-hop as a major cultural force, brought indie and underground recording techniques and bizarre thematic characters to mainstream hip-hop.
    Mariah is planning to build a new set of low-income housing all named for famous black heroes. That’s her ultimate goal, apparently.
    This episode featured a lot of table-setting, thus the slightly lower grade than the first two episodes.
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    Renewed for Season 2

    DECEMBER 04, 2016 11:28am PT by Lesley Goldberg
    Marvel's 'Luke Cage' Renewed for Second Season at Netflix


    Courtesy of Netflix

    The streaming giant continues to build out its comic book universe.

    Netflix is not done with Luke Cage.

    The streaming giant on Sunday announced that it has renewed the Marvel drama for a second season.

    The series is Marvel's third drama for Netflix, joining Daredevil (renewed for its third season) and Jessica Jones (renewed for season two), with a fourth — Iron Fist — due in 2017. The stars of all four shows will team for Marvel mash-up The Defenders, which is awaiting a premiere date at Netflix.

    Luke Cage stars Mike Colter as the titular superhero, an African-American ex-con with bulletproof skin and superhuman strength living in Harlem. The series has been praised for its inclusive casting and timeliness, with THR TV critic Daniel Fienberg calling it "vital and alive and of-the-moment."

    Mahershala Ali, Alfre Woodard, Simone Missick, Theo Rossi and Frank Whaley round out the cast of the drama that was developed by Cheo Hodari Coker and Marvel. It's unclear when season two of Luke Cage will debut, given Netflix's crowded Marvel landscape and forthcoming miniseries The Defenders, in which Colter will reprise his role alongside stars from Daredevil, Jessica Jones and Iron Fist.

    Marvel has become a major provider of content for Netflix. In addition to the four dramas and upcoming mini Defenders, Marvel next has Daredevil spinoff The Punisher, starring Jon Bernthal. The comic book powerhouse also has FX's Noah Hawley X-Men take Legion due on top of ABC veteran Agents of SHIELD and Imax co-production The Inhumans, the latter of which is set for fall. On the development side, Marvel is working with Hulu on The Runaways and scored a straight-to-series order at Freeform for Cloak and Dagger, the latter of which is due in 2018 and remains uncast.
    I guess I should finish season 1...
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    Congrats to James Lew on winning an EMMY!

    I remember owning his book, The Art of Stretching and Kicking, way back when I was in my teens.

    ‘Luke Cage’ Stunt Coordinator Talks Set Dangers Following Tragedies: “We’re Only Making Entertainment, It’s Not Worth it”
    by Antonia Blyth
    September 10, 2017 6:46pm


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    While the industry is still reeling from the recent deaths of stuntman John Bernecker on the set of The Walking Dead and stuntwoman Joi Harris on the set of Deadpool 2, there were no mention of the tragic accidents by either of the two stunt coordinators who picked up awards at the Creative Emmys.

    However, James Lew of Marvel’s Luke Cage, winner for Outstanding Stunt Coordination For A Drama Series, Limited Series Or Movie, spoke backstage–without referencing Bernecker or Harris personally–about the importance of safeguarding stunt actors. “I truly believe that the more experienced stunt coordinator,” he said, “you can give a better judgement on what you feel is not going to work story-wise, and also for danger. I like to tell producers, ‘I like to be stupid safe, because we’re only making entertainment, it’s not worth it.'”

    In the Stunt Coordination For A Comedy Series Or Variety Program category, winner Eddie Perez for Shameless said onstage, in accepting the award, “We put our lives at stake every day when we go to work, and I appreciate that everybody supports us.”

    Bernecker also was not featured in the In Memoriam montage that was played on both nights of the Creative Emmys. It is unclear whether he would be in the similar segment that airs during the main telecast next weekend. Bernecker is on the In Memoriam list of 2017 deaths posted on TV Academy’s web site.
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    Stuntmen has always been the unsung heroes of the industry.
    The amount of training and work they do is amazing.
    You'd think that they would get far better recognition than they do now, especially from the actors that they make look so good.
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    Cancelled...

    ...the comic, not the Netflix show...

    LUKE CAGE Cancelled Due to Poor Sales, WALKER Elaborates
    By George Marston, Newsarama Contributor
    December 20, 2017 10:56am ET


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    Credit: Marvel Comics

    Luke Cage has been cancelled by Marvel, according to series writer David F. Walker. Walker confirmed the cancellation on Twitter after the title was not included in Marvel's March 2018 solicitations.

    "Sad but true...Luke Cage (the comic book, not the TV series) has been cancelled," Walker said. "Issue #170 is the last (and best) of the series. Oh well, on to other adventures. Thanks to everyone who supported the series."

    "Time to get real," he continued. "Luke Cage was cancelled because it sold poorly. Very poorly. There are various factors that contributed to those poor sales, but they all add up to the same conclusion. The success of superheroes in film, television and video games only carries over to comics when people actually buy the comics. Truth is not many people buy comics. Of the top 10 best selling comics in November, only four sold more than 100,000 units. That's sad."

    Luke Cage #170 is scheduled for a February 21 release.
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    I'm not surprised that comic books don't sell. Time and the world have moved on. 'Comic-Con' decades ago ceased having anything to do with 'comics'. They should change the name to 'Hollywood-Con' or 'Cosplay-Con'.

    I liked the early original Luke Cage comics (Hero For Hire/Power Man). That was back in the '70s, when the character was fresh and the concepts were fun. The comics I've browsed through nowadays all look the same and take themselves WAY too seriously. I even liked Luke Cage's corny exclamations: "Sweet sister!" "Sweet Christmas!"

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